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Know What You Eat

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on April 17, 2018 14:10

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It can damage your liver or your kidneys

My granddaughter and I were taking a walk in the Stanislaus National Forest in Northern California after a rainstorm. The weather was hot for several days, but then cooled down for a nice walk. 

The pine trees were a nice green and brown, with a good layer of pine needles on the ground. The ground around the trees was soft with moisture from the last storm. Near the tree roots that were showing from the ground, were small fungi called mushrooms or toadstools, which are very poisons to humans. 

My granddaughter ran over to the mushrooms that were near the root of a tree and said, “Can we pick them and take them home and eat them?" I said, “No, they could be toadstools and I don’t know how to tell the difference.”

“If we picked them and took them home and ate them, we could die if I made a mistake in identifying them.” I said to her. We continue our walk and she look at me and sadly said, “Darn it, I love mushrooms.”

Mushrooms are edible and toadstools are not, they are poisonous. If you are going out to hunt for edible mushrooms, you must know the difference between mushrooms and toadstools.

If you don’t know the difference, and you eat toadstools they will kill you— toadstools usually will damage your liver, your kidneys or your lungs. If you feel sick a few hours after eating home picked mushrooms, go to a hospital and check to see if you ate toadstools.

There were in 2017 about six million people in the United States that got sick because they ate toadstools, instead of mushrooms.

If you must eat mushrooms, only eat mushrooms that come from a store or that a professional mushroom picker picked. 

Don’t take a chance eating home picked mushrooms, it could be toadstools, which are dangerous to your health. 

 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on April 17, 2018 14:10

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